New voices join old friends in our selection of the best poems published in the New Statesman over the past 12 months.
After such a hellish catastrophe,
what happens to the angels?
Do they tumble down thrones
and dominions like bankers
Poetry Notebook is primarily a defence of apprenticeship and craft in pursuit of the elixir of memorability.
Politicians, both here and across the pond, have written a surprising amount of poetry over the years. Here are some of the best (or worst) bits.
However long a poet struggles to establish a style that answers the questions of form, voice, tone or subject haunting his imagination, the real work begins after the discovery is made.